Jen Moon is the 2020 Chair of the Provost's Teaching Fellows Program.
A substantial body of literature in STEM education suggests evidence based-teaching practices lead to better student outcomes. So why aren’t all professors implementing these best practices? Changing the way you teach can be daunting. Jen's PTF project “Performance Training for Instructors” is a semester-long workshop series that provides professional development training in improvisation, communication, and presentation skills that empower faculty to adopt new ways of teaching, confidently. Upon completion of the training semester, faculty are supported with observational and written feedback during monthly meetings as they implement the changes they want to make in the classroom. The project has been through a successful pilot and will be offered during the 2018-2019 year for CNS faculty.
"I see teaching as an incredibly creative and highly interactive discipline. Although content is important, my goal is to help students see the patterns and connections within the material we are studying and be able to apply that knowledge to new situations."
Episode 21: "FUN is not a bad word!": Motivation, Effective Teaching, and Student Wellness with Thea Woodruff
October 15th, 2021 | Season 2 | 36 mins 26 secs
faculty, higher ed, mental health, student wellness
On this episode of The Other Side of Campus, Jen and Stephanie invite Thea Woodruff, Director of Well-being in Learning Environments at the Counseling and Mental Health Center to talk about her initiative to help improve interactions between faculty and students in order to create a more effective teaching and learning environment (in person or online). We hope you enjoy this FUN and uplifting conversation!
Episode 20: Inside the Role: Listening, Consensus Building, and Problem Solving with Texas Provost Sharon Wood
September 28th, 2021 | Season 2 | 37 mins 20 secs
administration, experiential learning, soft skills, teaching
Season 2 kicks off with Dr. Sharon L. Wood! As the new provost of The University of Texas at Austin, she brings a wealth of experience as a structural engineer, teacher, and administrator to the position. We are so excited to get to speak with her, glean from her insights, and empathize with the extreme complexity of her job as provost, especially at this unprecedented time in higher education history. We hope you enjoy this conversation. Thank you for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
April 23rd, 2021 | Season 1 | 30 mins 18 secs
anthropology, culture, experiential learning, food, history
On this episode, Jen and Stephanie speak with UT anthropologist Hi'ilei Hobart who brings her unique research on food sovereignty and indigenous peoples to the proverbial table of this podcast, discussing the ways in which her personal experiences have shaped her writing and her classroom. We enjoyed this conversation, and we hope you do too! Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
April 9th, 2021 | Season 1 | 40 mins 8 secs
From the Blanton Museum of Art, Siobhán McCusker, an artist and innovative educator, joins Jen, Stephanie, and Dixie to talk about the creative ways in which she uses the art gallery experience as a microcosm for teaching growth mindset to classrooms (and faculty) of all disciplines. We really enjoyed this wonderful and uplifting conversation and we hope you do as well. Thank you!
March 12th, 2021 | Season 1 | 39 mins 11 secs
communication, covid, health, online learning
On this fun episode, Mike Mackert, the illustrious director of UT's Center for Health Communication, regales Dixie and Jen with his (very) non-linear personal journey to his current high-impact platform of evidence-based health communication strategies and and the amazing work of his team that truly spans the vast campus of The University of Texas at Austin. Thanks for listening!
February 26th, 2021 | Season 1 | 40 mins 1 sec
campus community, career, growth, teaching
On this episode, Dixie and Jen speak with Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UT Tasha Beretvas. Dr. Beretvas has had an illustrious, winding career which has taken her from programming at IBM to being an all-star teacher at The University of Texas at Austin. This was a fun and open discussion about the various types of faculty on campus and the challenges Tasha faces as both a professor and administrator. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
December 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 48 mins 37 secs
diversity, health, inclusion, inequality, mentorship, student wellness, teaching
On yet another fun and important episode, we have the great pleasure of bringing on the amazing Rich Reddick, the Associate Dean for equity, community engagement, and outreach at UT. A professor of many talents, Rich talks about his own career path, mentorship of students, and student wellness. Take a listen and thanks for joining us on the Other Side of Campus. Happy Holidays to all!
December 4th, 2020 | Season 1 | 48 mins 11 secs
effective learning, higher education, thinking
On this very special episode, Two Guys on Your Head hosts Art Markman and Bob Duke pay a visit to The Other Side of Campus for a fun discussion with Jen and Stephanie about effective learning and teaching. You don't want to miss this interesting and hilarious collaboration. Thanks for joining us!
November 2nd, 2020 | Season 1 | 47 mins 37 secs
books, culture, learning, movies, racism, social work, society, teaching
From the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, Diane McDaniel Rhodes joins us for a fun, thematic discussion about young adult fiction as well as the problematic nature of beloved popular culture icons and the narratives they propound. Thanks for joining us!
October 16th, 2020 | Season 1 | 54 mins 11 secs
first generation college students, learning, storytelling, teaching
Narratives shape our world in infinite ways, and on this episode, Jen and Stephanie interview Dr. Rachel Gonzalez-Martin to better understand how much established narratives impose restrictions upon the learning environment, sometimes undermining the identity and creativity of students and faculty alike. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
September 25th, 2020 | Season 1 | 38 mins 16 secs
health, inequality, racism, teaching
On this entertaining episode, Jen and Stephanie have a fun conversation with anthropologist Chelsi West Ohueri from UT's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. Chesi tells us her unique and amazing journey to anthropology and the remarkable turn of events that thrust her into Albania, which in turn shaped her research and teaching. Thank you for joining us!
September 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 32 mins 51 secs
film, narrative, racism, teaching
On this episode, Jen and Katie speak with one of UT's leading faculty on racism, Peniel Joseph. He discusses the impact and power of narratives and what he's discovered works and doesn't work in the classroom when trying to teach racism. Thank you for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
September 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 41 mins 37 secs
care-giving, online teaching, parenting, work-from-home
On this episode, significantly recorded following the first full week of the 2020 Fall semester, Jen and Stephanie talk to Brad Love about work-life balance in this unprecedented age. Thanks for joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
September 18th, 2020 | Season 1 | 37 mins 45 secs
education, faculty learning community, learning, pedagogue
On this, our very first episode, Jen, Stephanie, and Katie discuss their experiences in participating in and developing faculty learning communities in their own neck of the Forty Acres. We're so glad you're joining us on The Other Side of Campus!
September 8th, 2020 | Season 1 | 3 mins 22 secs
covid, cross-campus dialogue, education, online learning, online teaching, university
The official trailer for the brand new Texas Provost's Teaching Fellows program!